In the Written Word with the Living Word
Isaiah 9 (NASB)
6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.
Do I visualize Jesus as sitting next to Father, or sitting inside of me?
Do I visualize Jesus accomplishing His will by pushing buttons in heaven, or gently speaking to me?
Do I visualize Jesus’ presence in a mystic, ghostly, manner here on earth or recognize His presence in me and fellow my brothers and sisters in Christ?
I think that most believers see Jesus as Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace as a Person removed from everyday life. He is not a daily encounter as a Person so much as He is somehow holding all things together and will eventually have His way. Yet, we talk of Him as He is here but live as though He expects us to live FOR Him; as though we are to accomplish what He cannot do without us, rather than live WITH Him, accomplishing the things that He wants to do WITH us.
Yes, we are willing to die for Jesus, but are we willing to LIVE WITH JESUS. We believers often treat Jesus as some treat marriage:
Separate leisure activities
Separate bank accounts
Surly Jesus will bless our separateness because we are doing it all for Him.
Is Jesus MY life, or is He simply a badge I choose to wear when it is convenient?